Film fundraising event – Australian Premiere; double feature Hema Hema, and Vara

Lotus Outreach Australia is delighted to present a special double-feature screening of the two latest films by the acclaimed filmmaker Khyentse Norbu.

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema – Wednesday 9th August
6pm to 10.45pm
Costume: Masquerade
6pm – drinks & nibbles
6.30pm – Australian premiere screening of Hema Hema
8.30pm – presentation & drinks & nibbles
9pm – screening of Vara – a Blessing
The double-feature event will be an exclusive fundraising evening with drinks and nibbles and a special appearance by Khyentse Norbu himself who will introduce his films and will also speak about our charity that he founded – Lotus Outreach.

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We are thrilled to be screening the Australian premiere of Hema Hema – the latest acclaimed  masterpiece from Bhutanese lama and filmmaker Khyentse Norbu (The Cup, Travellers and Magicians).

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“Hema Hema plays with notions of identity and anonymity, illusion and reality, birth and death and chronicles a sacred jungle ritual where masked, anonymous participants go to unusual ends to gain self-knowledge.”






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Vara – a Blessing is Khyentse Norbu’s first English language feature film.  Based on a Bengali short story Rakta Aar Kanna (Blood and Tears) by Sunil Gangopadhyay about the daughter of a devadasi, who falls in love with a Muslim sculptor.

“Ravishing visuals and an abundance of Indian dance and music provide a sensory tonic in Khyentse Norbu’s tale of forbidden love.”





Entrance to this exclusive fundraising event will be by donation of $75 per person to Lotus Outreach Australia.
There will be a chance to meet the renowned Khyentse Norbu.
Don’t forget to bring a mask in the spirit of the masquerade theme of Hema Hema!

Your donation goes entirely towards Lotus Outreach Australia’s work with girls in poverty-stricken rural areas of Cambodia who don’t get a chance to get an education and are vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.

Please make your donation of $75 per person HERE.
A receipt will be emailed to you immediately after your donation is received.
PLEASE BRING YOUR RECEIPT (either electronic or printed) to the event –
as it will serve as your entry to the event.
Donations for multiple entries will appear on the one receipt.

Dendy Cinemas Opera Quay
9/2 East Circular Quay,

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